Alien vs. Predator Scribe Responds To Weaver

Appearing at London Comic Con last week, Sigourney Weaver spoke about her history with Fox’s “Alien” franchise and seemingly suggested that Fox’s early plans to make “Alien vs. Predator” back before “Alien 3” in 1993, was what caused Ridley Scott to drop out of the project and what made her decide to kill off the Ellen Ripley character.

Now Peter Briggs, who penned the original “Alien vs. Predator” spec script back in 1991 (but is uncredited on the final 2004 film) has responded to the criticism in a letter to Bloody Disgusting. Briggs penned a draft which was at Fox for over a decade until Paul W.S. Anderson came onto the movie and did his own version, and says that the third “Alien” began filming almost a year before his spec script even arrived at the studio:

“Maybe they were in a panic about ‘Alien 3’… I have no idea. And so when I hear Sigourney Weaver recounting her killing off Ripley in ‘Alien 3’ because she’d heard Fox were talking about doing ‘Alien vs Predator,’ despite the fact our project was first spoken about and initiated well over a year (not even counting Vincent Ward’s involvement!) after her movie had gone into active production, I really have to roll my eyes at her claims.

I love “Alien 3”. Well; I didn’t on its theatrical release, but I find the recent extended DVD recut even more watchable than “Aliens”. I’ll also be honest that I’m less-than-wild about the two “Alien vs Predator” movies (particularly “Requiem”, about which less said the better) But I do wish Sigourney Weaver would stop beating on “Alien vs Predator” as her pet pinata in “ruining” the “Alien” franchise, and acknowledge that two standalone “Alien” movies she was actively involved with unfortunately managed that first, all on their own.

I don’t even know if Sigourney Weaver has read the “Alien vs Predator” draft I wrote. She’s never said she has. But, I was a fan obsessive of the “Alien” franchise, Sigourney. Big time. Particularly Ridley’s original, which is still unmatched. And “Alien vs Predator” – as a concept – is still killer, full of potential. Even its critically maligned first cinematic outing made $172,544,654 worldwide, compared to $159,814,498 for “Alien 3” and $161,376,068 for “Resurrection”. Hardly a financial “fail” there, Sigourney. There’s a terrific “Alien vs Predator” movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet.

Fox meanwhile is moving forward with a Predator-less “Alien” film with “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp attached along with Sigourney Weaver, though the film is still in early stages.